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""Roma Aeterna" (The Eternal City), "Caput Mundi" (Capital of the World), The City Of The Seven Hills"

Rome Tourism

Situated in the central-western part of Italy, Rome serves as the capital and largest city of the country. Its history spans over 2,500 years, and it's filled with fascinating landmarks, ancient ruins, awe-inspiring art, and a vibrant modern culture. The city's central location makes it a perfect starting point for exploring the rest of Italy. Rome is known for its rich history as the center of the Roman Empire, iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon, Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, Renaissance art treasures, and delicious Italian cuisine.

Rome's romantic ambiance, with its picturesque streets, charming piazzas, and beautiful fountains, has made it a popular destination for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Rome is a paradise for art lovers, with countless museums, galleries, and churches housing masterpieces by renowned artists like Michelangelo, Raphael, and Caravaggio. The Borghese Gallery and the Galleria Doria Pamphilj are just a couple of the must-visit art collections.

The world's smallest independent state, Vatican City, is entirely enclaved within Rome. It is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and home to St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo's famous frescoes are located. As the heart of Catholicism, Rome attracts numerous pilgrims each year who come to visit the holy sites and participate in religious events.

Must Know Before You Travel to Rome

  • Walking-Friendly City: Rome's historical center is relatively compact and best explored on foot. Many major attractions are within walking distance of each other, allowing you to soak in the city's charm while avoiding traffic.
  • Public Transport: Rome has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, trams, and metro lines. Consider purchasing a Roma Pass, which provides unlimited access to public transport and skip-the-line entry to some attractions.
  • Validate Tickets: If you're using public transport, make sure to validate your tickets at the validation machines before boarding buses or entering the metro. Failure to do so may result in a fine.
  • Free Entry on First Sundays: On the first Sunday of each month, many state-run museums and archaeological sites offer free admission, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Arrive early to beat the crowds.
  • Siesta Time: Keep in mind that some shops and restaurants close for a few hours during the afternoon (usually between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM) for siesta. 
  • Dress Code for Churches: When visiting churches and religious sites, ensure you dress modestly, covering your shoulders and knees, out of respect for the religious traditions.
  • Drinking Fountains: Rome has numerous drinking fountains with fresh, clean water throughout the city. Look for "nasoni" (big noses) on the streets for free, potable water.
  • Stay Safe at Night: Stick to well-lit and busy areas when exploring the city at night, and avoid poorly lit or secluded streets.

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Shopping in Rome

Rome offers a diverse and vibrant shopping scene, catering to all tastes and budgets. The city boasts numerous shopping areas and streets where visitors can indulge in retail therapy:
1. Via del Corso: One of Rome's main shopping streets, Via del Corso, runs from Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo. It houses a mix of international brands, Italian boutiques, and department stores.
2. Via Condotti: This upscale street is renowned for luxury shopping, featuring iconic designer brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Bulgari, making it a haven for fashion enthusiasts.
3. Campo de' Fiori Market: A lively open-air market where you can find fresh produce, local delicacies, and unique souvenirs.
4. Via Cola di Rienzo: A bustling shopping street lined with trendy boutiques, shoe shops, and stylish home decor stores.
5. Via del Babuino: Connecting Piazza di Spagna to Piazza del Popolo, this street offers an array of art galleries, antique shops, and high-end fashion boutiques.
6. Porta Portese Flea Market: Rome's most famous flea market, open on Sundays, where you can hunt for vintage clothes, antiques, and quirky items.
7. Galleria Alberto Sordi: A historic shopping gallery near the Pantheon, housing various shops, cafes, and a bookstore.

Nightlife in Rome

Rome's nightlife scene is vibrant and diverse, offering a mix of traditional Italian experiences and contemporary party venues. Here are some major party areas and streets where visitors can enjoy Rome's nightlife:
1. Trastevere: This bohemian neighborhood comes alive at night with its narrow streets filled with bars, restaurants, and live music venues. It's a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
2. Testaccio: Known for its lively clubs and late-night bars, Testaccio is a favorite destination for partygoers seeking a more alternative and hip atmosphere.
3. Campo de' Fiori: During the evening, the area around Campo de' Fiori transforms into a buzzing hub with its bars and pubs, attracting a young and lively crowd.
4. Pigneto: This up-and-coming neighborhood hosts trendy bars, vintage shops, and street art, drawing in a cool and artsy crowd.
5. Via del Corso: As a major shopping street by day, Via del Corso also offers an array of bars and pubs, making it an ideal spot for an early evening drink.
6. Ponte Milvio: This bridge area is particularly popular with the younger crowd, featuring cocktail bars, wine bars, and lounges.
7. Testaccio Market: On weekends, this market area transforms into a lively nightlife hub, offering a mix of dining, drinking, and entertainment options.

History of Rome

Legend says that Rome was built by the twin sons of Mars, Romulus and Remus. It became a centre of power first during the establishment of the Roman Republic, which started in 509BC and ended in 27 BC. Following that, Rome saw the establishment of the more famous Roman Empire, which expanded to cover most of the Western world and saw emperors like Nero and Caligula who are still known today. During the height of itês grandeur, the Roman empire comprised of over 50 modern day countries - majorly from Europe and Middle East. Christianity made its debut in Rome in the first century AD and took a firm hold after the first emperor Constantine converted. The current Pope is a converted figurehead formerly known as the Bishop of Rome before the Edict of Thessalonica. Currently, it is one of the most visited places in the world, besides being a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also the seat of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. It is a pilgrimage site for Christians the world over. Hosting a majorly Italian crowd, a minor 9.5% of itês population is of non-Italian heritage.

Daily Budget for Rome

A budget traveler can expect to spend around €57-€90 as a total of daily expenditure. A budget breakfast at a cafe might cost around €5-€8, a simple lunch of pizza or pasta can be around €8-€12, and a budget dinner can range from €10-€15. You can further save by opting for street food or grabbing a panini for around €5. A single metro/bus ticket costs €1.50 and is valid for 100 minutes, or you can get a day pass for €7. You might prefer walking to save on transport costs since many attractions are within walking distance. Most major attractions have entrance fees. The Colosseum ticket costs around €12-€16, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel ticket is approximately €14-€20. Consider purchasing the Roma Pass (€38.50 for 48 hours) which includes transportation and skip-the-line entry to some sites.

Exchanging Money in Rome

The best place to exchange currency is banks. However, Italian banks don't exchange currency unless you have an account with them. Thus, tourists have the option of withdrawing money from the many ATMs located all over the city. Point to note - Citibank doesn't have an ATM in Rome.

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How to Reach Rome

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Rome has two international airports, and can also be reached via train or car.

How to reach Rome by flight

Rome has two international airports - Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport and G.B. Pastine/Ciampino International Airport.

How to reach Rome by road

Rental cars are easily available from any one of the rental companies across Europe. However, it is advisable not to drive around the city itself, as traffic is chaotic and cars are a very slow mode of transportation. Rome is surrounded by the Grande Raccordo Annulare, a round ring of highways that basically surrounds the city.

How to reach Rome by train

Rome is well connected to the rest of the country by the railways. The main terminal is called Roma Termini. Alternatives to Roma Termini are Roma Tiburtina, Roma Ostiense, Roma Trastevere and Roma Tuscolana.

How to reach Rome by bus

This isn't a very popular option, but if you do want to travel by bus, Eurolines bus company is pretty much your only option.

How to reach Rome by waterways

The closest port is Civitavecchia and this is where most cruise ships stop or start. To reach Rome, you can take the train from here, as Rome is about an hour and a half away.

Local transport in Rome

The two best ways to get around the city are by using public transport or by hiring a bicycle. The public transportation system includes the metro, the trams and the buses. They all have the option of buying single day passes, tourist passes which are valid for three days and weekly passes. Not using the taxis is recommended due to city's chaotic traffic. Rome is best experienced first hand, so most travellers recommend hiring a bicycle or walking around. Though it might tire you out, it is definitely the best way to soak in the soul of the city.

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FAQs on Rome

What are the things to do in Rome?

The top things to do in Rome are Piazza Navona, Colosseum, EUR, Vatican Museums, Galleria Borghese, The Appian Way. You can see all the places to visit in Rome here

What are the places near Rome?

The top places near to Rome are Naples which is 188 km from Rome, Siena which is located 184 km from Rome, Venice which is located 393 km from Rome, Florence which is located 230 km from Rome, Pompeii which is located 211 km from Rome

What are the top hotels in Rome?

There are 11848 in Rome which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Rome are B&B Il Granello Di Senape, Appia Antica Resort, Casa dell'Angelo, Roman Suite, Dimora Luminosa, Casa Pajarito. You can see all the hotels in Rome here

How much does a package cost for Rome?

The packages for Rome start at INR 67893 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best way to reach Rome?

Rome has two international airports, and can also be reached via train or car.
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What is the local food in Rome?

Food in Rome is heavily based on fresh ingredients sourced from the Roman Campagna. Fresh ingredients also includes fresh meat, sourced from the Testacchio rione, the city's slaughterhouse area. This is also the place where you are most likely to find the most authentic cuisine. In wines, Romans have a tradition of drinking whites over reds. Whites, sourced from the nearby Frascati and Castelli Romani areas are some of the best you'll get in the city. If you're looking to try specialities, don't forget to try the Pane di Genzano bread and the pecorino Romano cheeses. A couple of hidden gems that you should try are the Osteria Bonelli in Torpignattara, the Farine la Pizza in Via degli Aurunchi and La carbonara on Via Panisperna!
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What is the best time to visit Rome?

The best time to visit Rome is from Mid-March to June and also from Late-October to November. These are the times when the weather is mild, and there aren’t many tourists roaming around the city. Both the times offer the people choices to tour different parts of the city like the museums and monuments which are crowded during the peak season. If someone feels like seeing Rome in total peace, then they have to visit the city during its winter months which last between November to March. June - August are considered the hottest time to visit the city of Rome. It also falls under the high season, when a large number of tourists flock from different countries. Everything is a little overpriced, but it is worth it if you like the nearly festive atmosphere. September to October and April to June is the bridge between the high and low seasons. You'll get fewer tourists during this time, with nearly empty streets, low prices but a lot less of the facilities that cater to tourists. Most seasoned travellers go during this time, though it is not recommended for first-timers. Winter is Rome is the offseason, and it is when you'll see the least tourists.
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